As CNN slumps and its numbers hit new lows, the cable news network is looking at new ideas to reverse the trend, including reality shows and a revamped nightly line-up, according to the Hollywood Reporter. If they only had acted sooner, they could have locked down Honey Boo Boo.
The network has reached out to talent agencies as it desperately tries to cling to relevancy.
Network executives are listening to pitches for reality shows, as well as looking for new talent to help anchor the nightly lineup with Anderson Cooper and Piers Morgan.
The network has begun its reimaging by signing Anthony Bourdain, the former Travel Channel star. Bourdain will host a weekend program begining in early 2013, in addition to contributing to other programs.
Maybe Snooki can co-host.
The network is considering "unconventional stars," so maybe Snooki and Honey Boo Boo aren't all that far-fetched.
Other rumored projects include a late-night talk show similar to ABC's The View and weekend reality shows to pair with Bourdain's.
It's a real shame, as generally in my opinion CNN is the fairest of the big three cable news giants in terms of fair coverage. While I'm making light of the reality programing idea, it does seem like a stumble in the wrong direction, but one geared more towards what Americans look for nowadays. It's not uncommon to go to CNN's website and see some link to what celebrity X is doing or Rhianna being back with Chris Brown or off with him or back with him or...you get the idea.